Today’s cataract surgery is nothing like what your parents or grandparents may have endured. Back then, the post-surgical period involved a hospital stay of weeks. To recover and heal properly, a patient had to be totally immobilized. Some even had sandbags placed around their heads to hold them still.
Thanks to modern developments, many patients can take advantage of same-day cataract surgery and resume normal activities within 24-48 hours. Plus, cataract surgery can improve pre-existing vision problems, sending patients home with even better vision than they had prior to developing cataracts.
Ready to schedule your cataract surgery? Call our Garden City office at (800) 526-3937 or request an appointment online to discuss your cataract treatment today.
Knowing when it’s time for cataract surgery
While cataracts in the early stage of development may have little effect on your eyesight, you’ll definitely notice a difference as they progress. Blurred vision, color loss, and a reduced ability to see at night will impact your ability to live a normal life. When your day-to-day activities are made difficult by vision loss, it’s time for cataract surgery.
Since cataract surgery is a relatively quick and painless procedure, there’s no reason to delay once your symptoms become serious enough to warrant concern. As the most frequently performed surgery in the United States, it’s likely that many of your friends, relatives, and family members have already benefited from cataract surgery.
What happens during cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is, quite simply, a process in which the natural, cloudy lens in your eye is removed and replaced with a new, man-made lens implant called an intraocular lens, or IOL. Extremely small incisions are used to access and remove the cataract and replace it with the new lens.
The surgery itself takes only minutes, and either topical or local anesthesia will be administered, depending on your individual situation and needs. Your eyes will be numbed with eye drops, and nearly all patients report minimal to no pain from the procedure.
In most cases, the replacement lens will last a lifetime and function just the same as the natural lens you were born with. The IOL is positioned right behind the iris and pupil, and remains there permanently. If pre-existing eye problems make an artificial lens inappropriate for you, your vision can still be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Cataract surgeons in Garden City, Kansas
At Fry Eye Surgery Center, your cataract surgery will be performed by dedicated eye surgeons with years of training and experience. Together, Dr. William Clifford and Dr. Eric Fry offer a combined 35 years of surgical expertise.
Dr. William Clifford is a board-certified ophthalmologist with expertise in cataract, corneal, and glaucoma procedures. Dr. Clifford joined Dr. Luther Fry, founder of Fry Eye Associates, in 1995. Eager to stay abreast of emerging treatments and developments in the field, Dr. Clifford is an active member of the Kansas Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Eric Fry represents the next generation of Fry Eye Associates as the son of Dr. Luther Fry. He joined the practice in 2007 after completing his medical and postgraduate training at Kansas University School of Medicine. In addition to performing cataract and laser surgery, Dr. Eric specializes in oculoplastics, which includes eyelid surgery and tear drainage procedures.